Bell: China “worth the trip”Written by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell returned from China optimistic that relationships formed would be positive for Toledo.
“The trip that we made [to China] was a great trip. We believe in the near future it’s going really pay off in dividends for the city of Toledo … It was a great trip. Well worth the trip,” he said during a news conference on Sept. 20.
While on the trip, Bell spent all day in meetings with some days starting at 8 a.m. and ending at midnight, he said. Bell didn’t provide specifics about businesses he met with during the trip, but will go into further detail in the coming weeks.
“I don’t know of any businesses where you can start a business without at least starting a relationship first. What it’s enabled us to do, by at least going over there, is at least start the relationships. That went very well,” he said.
The Chinese were very “impressed” with Toledo and interested in opportunities within the city and Northwest Ohio, Bell said. In addition, the mayor said he spoke with some professors who are interested in making partnerships with the University of Toledo.
Bell said Toledo could learn from the way the Chinese plan for the future.
“They know what the growth is going to be and they’re building for that growth. It’s what they do. What we do build inside our small frame then if it gets a little bigger we’ll build a little builder… they build structures for 10 to 15 years out,” he said. “If trying to turn Northwest Ohio around we have to figure out how to think into the future and where we think this city and Northwest Ohio is going to go and try and build toward that.”